River Proverbs

Sayings about Rivers

Throw him into the river and he will come up with a fish in his mouth. ~ Arabian Proverb

Cross the river among a crowd and the crocodile won’t eat you. ~ Malagasy Proverb

If you live in the river you should make friends with the crocodile. ~ Indian Proverb

You cannot cross a river without getting wet. ~ Zulu Proverb

It is easy to tempt a frog to the river. ~ Serbian Proverb

The river is my brother for it carries my canoe. ~ Native American Proverbs

Do not change horses in the middle of the river. ~ Native American Proverb

Time is a river of passing events — a rushing torrent. ~ Greek Proverbs

In large rivers one finds big fish but one may also be drowned. ~ Spanish Proverb

If man be a river, then woman will be a bridge. ~ Arabian Proverb

There’s a crocodile in every big river. ~ Filipino Proverbs

A little rain each day will fill the rivers to overflowing. ~ Liberian Proverb

Follow the river and you will get to the sea. ~ Indian Proverb

Do not kick away the canoe which helped you to cross the river. ~ Malagasy Proverb

It’s easy to throw something into the river but hard to get it out again. ~ Indian Proverbs

Small brooks make big rivers. ~ French Proverb

The man is a river, the woman a lake. ~ Kurdish Proverb

You must have crossed the river before you may tell the crocodile he has bad breath. ~ Chinese Proverb

It’s the rain that fills the rivers not the dew. ~ Sri Lankan Proverb

Don’t insult the alligator until you’ve crossed the river. ~ Haitian Proverbs

No one tests the depth of a river with both feet. ~ Ashanti Proverb

As the wise man looks for a bridge the fool crosses the river. ~ Iranian Proverbs

Rivers and mountains may change; human nature, never. ~ Chinese Proverb

An unjust king is like a river without water. ~ Arabian Proverb

Do not push the river, it will flow by itself. ~ Polish Proverbs

Where the river is deepest it makes the least noise. ~ Spanish Proverb

Enough shovels of earth – a mountain. Enough pails of water – a river. ~ Chinese Proverbs

The river’s reputation ends where the sea begins. ~ Russian Proverbs

Once the last tree is cut and the last river poisoned, you will find you cannot eat your money. ~ Canadian Proverb

No river swells without getting muddy. ~ French Proverb

The water of the river flows on without waiting for the thirsty man. ~ Kenyan Proverb

Love is a crocodile in the river of desire. ~ Sanskrit Proverb

When you are crossing over a river you might be eaten by crocodiles, but don’t let yourself get bitten by the little fish. ~ Malawian Proverb

All rivers do their best for the sea. ~ Czech Proverb

No river can return to its source, yet all rivers must have a beginning. ~ American Proverbs

With water make rivers, with rice make armies. ~ Cambodian Proverb

No matter how full the river, it still wants to grow. ~ Congolese Proverb

When the crocodile says that the river crossing is deep you must believe it. ~ Creole Proverb

A great river does not refuse any small streams. ~ Korean Proverbs

The water from the river becomes salty when it reaches the ocean. ~ Sanskrit Proverb

You can often find in rivers what you cannot find in oceans. ~ Traditional Proverb

If you fall in a river hang on to a snake. ~ Turkish Proverbs

One man cut the barrage, and a thousand people fell into the river. ~ Kashmiri Proverb

Quotations about Rivers

Saying about rivers

Love is the river of life in the world. ~ Henry Ward Beecher

The path of least resistance is what makes rivers run crooked. ~ Elbert Hubbard

The virtues are lost in self-interest as rivers are lost in the sea. ~ Franklin D. Roosevelt Quotes

The course of a river is almost always disapproved of by its source. ~ Jean Cocteau

You could not step twice into the same rivers; for other waters are ever flowing on to you. ~ Heraclitus of Ephesus

Time is a sort of river of passing events, and strong is its current; no sooner is a thing brought to sight than it is swept by and another takes its place, and this too will be swept away. ~ Marcus Aurelius

Ill habits gather unseen degrees, as brooks make rivers, rivers run to seas. ~ John Dryden

The world is so empty if one thinks only of mountains, rivers and cities; but to know someone here and there who thinks and feels with us, and though distant, is close to us in spirit – this makes the earth for us an inhabited garden. ~ Johann Wolfgang von Goethe Quotes

Razors pain you; rivers are damp; acids stain you; and drugs cause cramp. Guns aren’t lawful; nooses give; gas smells awful; you might as well live. ~ Dorothy Parker

See one promontory, one mountain, one sea, one river, and see all. ~ Socrates Quotes

Upon those who step into the same rivers different and ever different waters flow down. ~ Heraclitus of Ephesus

Hatred is toxic waste in the river of life. ~ Micron

He who postpones the hour of living is like the rustic who waits for the river to run out before he crosses. ~ Horace

Don’t push the river; it flows by itself. ~ Barry Stevens

I grew up in this town, my poetry was born between the hill and the river, it took its voice from the rain, and like the timber, it steeped itself in the forests. ~ Pablo Neruda

How will you find good? It is not a thing of choice; it is a river that flows from the foot of the invisible throne, and flows by the path of obedience. ~ George Eliot Quotes

All the rivers run into the sea; yet the sea is not full. ~ King Solomon

Politicians are the same all over. They promise to build bridges even when there are no rivers. ~ Nikita Khrushchev

I know the joy of fishes in the river through my own joy, as I go walking along the same river. ~ Chuang Tzu

May the Irish hills caress you. May her lakes and rivers bless you. May the luck of the Irish enfold you. May the blessings of Saint Patrick behold you. ~ Irish Blessings

You can never step into the same river; for new waters are always flowing on to you. ~ Heraclitus of Ephesus

But somewhere, beyond space and time, is wetter water, slimier slime! And there (they trust) there swimmeth one, who swam ere rivers were begun. Immense, of fishy form and mind, squamous, omnipotent, and kind. ~ Rupert Brooke

Men go abroad to admire the heights of mountains, the mighty billows of the sea, the broad tides of rivers, the compass of the ocean, and the circuits of the stars, and pass themselves by. ~ Saint Augustine

Dip him in the river who loves water. ~ William Blake Quotes

Can anything be stupider than that a man has the right to kill me because he lives on the other side of a river and his ruler has a quarrel with mine, though I have not quarrelled with him? ~ Blaise Pascal

A man’s country is not a certain area of land, of mountains, rivers, and woods, but it is a principle; and patriotism is loyalty to that principle. ~ George William Curtis

It is pleasant to have been to a place the way a river went. ~ Henry David Thoreau

You expected to be sad in the fall. Part of you dies each year when the leaves fell from the trees and their branches were bare against the wind and the cold, wintry light. But you knew there would always be the spring, as you knew the river would flow again after it was frozen. When the cold rains kept on and killed the spring, it was as though a young person had died for no reason. ~ Ernest Hemingway Quotes

Fame is like a river, that beareth up things light and swollen, and drowns things weighty and solid. ~ Francis Bacon, Sr. Quotes

Let us cross over the river and rest under the shade of the trees. ~ Stonewall Jackson

Rivers are roads which move, and which carry us whither we desire to go. ~ Blaise Pascal Quotes

Earth and sky, woods and fields, lakes and rivers, the mountain and the sea, are excellent schoolmasters, and teach some of us more than we can ever learn from books. ~ John Lubbock

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